Wollombi music Festival lineup, Lime Cordiale, Hunter Valley

Wollombi Music Festival lineup announced

“Five-piece outfit from Sydney’s Northern Beaches Lime Cordiale and soul/rhythm and blues songstress Caiti Baker will headline the Wollombi Music Festival later this year. Organisers announced the official lineup on Tuesday, ahead of the long-weekend festival from September 30 to October 1. The weekend is expected to offer a mixed bag of music, from gentle folk to…

WOLLOMBI MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017, Hunter Valley

Wollombi Music Festival Lineup Announced

Wollombi Music Festival  returns for its 8th year with a stellar lineup of Australian talent sure to further enhance its reputation as one of the best boutique festivals in the land. From humble beginnings in 2010, Wollombi has grown each year and now finds itself at a beautiful and larger new site ‘Down by The…

Stonehurst Wines Wollombi, Rock n Blues Revival, Hunter Valley

Rock on at Stonehurst Wines

“Wine, a picnic and live music among the poplar groves. Sound tempting? Then bring your picnic blanket or chair to Stonehurst Wines, just outside Wollombi, for Rock ’n’ Blues Revival in the Grove on May 6. You can pack your own lunch, order a gourmet Ploughman’s Platter or grab a sausage sandwich, and beers and…

Valley Artists presents The Business, live theatre production, Hunter Valley

Valley Artists present Jonathan Gavin’s ‘The Business’ at Laguna Hall

“Wollombi-based not-for-profit theatre company Valley Artists next production, The Business, opens at Laguna Hall this Friday night. The Business is a family drama and black comedy by Australian actor, playwright and award-winning television writer Jonathan Gavin (Offspring, Cleverman, The Beautiful Lie). It is based on Maxim Gorky’s 1909 play Vassa Zheleznova, a comedy about power, greed and entitlement,…

Wollombi author, Tea Cooper, romance writer

Tea Cooper launches new novel The Currency Lass at Cessnock Library

“If Australia’s convict-built roads and sandstone cottages could talk, one could only imagine what they would say. Romance writer Tea Cooper has spent countless hours in museums and libraries trying to do just that. The Wollombi-based author captures the essence of colonial-era Australia in her latest historical romance novel, The Currency Lass. Currency lasses (and lads) were the first generation of native-born Australians of…

Phillip Noyce, Wollombi Film Festival

Noyce ideas in Wollombi

“When Phillip Noyce first drove into the Wollombi Valley almost half a century ago, he recalled how he clattered over colonial history. “Parts of the road were stone, built by chain-gang convict labour,” said the acclaimed film director and Wollombi vineyard owner. Yet as he drove into Wollombi, Phillip Noyce was also heading deep into…

Wollombi, new colours in an old village

New colours in old village

“IF you could somehow drain the colour from what you are looking at as you stand in Wollombi’s main street, you would create a picture of the past. In this village about a half-hour drive south-west of Cessnock, the patina of history covers just about every surface, from the rough-hewn timber slab walls of the 1850s barn…

Valleyfield Escape, Wollombi Accommodation, Buon Ricardo

Feast for the senses

“Chefs can be artists beyond the kitchen. Armando Percuoco, owner of Sydney dining institution Buon Ricordo, has a keen appreciation of sculpture and gardens – interests that combine at his rural escape in the NSW Hunter Valley. The garden at Percuoco’s property, Valleyfield, is a living gallery for his growing sculpture collection. It is also…

Wollombi Music Festival 2016

Wollombi Festival 2016

“Well what an amazing Wollombi Festival for 2016! The smiles on the faces leaving the festival are a credit to the promoters, all the acts that took to the stage, the buskers who played the chillout zone, the DJs on the Silent Disco and all the volunteers and community members who help put this gig…

Wollombi Wild Ride, Hunter Valley Sports Event

Head off-road for Wollombi adventure

“Things are about to get wild in Wollombi as hundreds of mountain bike enthusiasts go off-road for a race full of thrills – but hopefully not too many spills! The annual Wollombi Wild Ride will return to the normally quiet countryside on September 3, bringing with it riders of all ages and skill levels looking…

Wollombi Music Festival 2016, Hunter Valley

Wollombi Music Festival Releases 2016 Line-Up

“The Hunter Valley’s Wollombi Music Festival has announced its 2016 line-up  including Australian artists Hot Potato Band, Lachy Doley Group and Kallidad. The family-friendly festival will be held on Saturday 24 September in the beautiful mountain setting of Wollombi, with food and market stalls, roving performers and workshops. Attendees will have the the choice of onsite camping or offsite accommodation…

Village life in modern times, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Village life in modern times

“Beset by an ever-quickening pace of life, city-dwellers sometimes lament the loss of simpler times and contact. They needn’t, writes village-dweller Marguerite Winter. A short-break bolthole for weary city folk, along with a retirement option as well. Every state has its equivalent of the NSW Southern Highlands, where holiday homes became the places people retired…

Wollombi Hunter Valley Romantic Accommodation

A romantic escape in the Hunter Valley

“At Wild Edge Retreat, it seems, you propose. The engagement you celebrate together at Somewhere Unique and some time later you join immediate family at Redleaf for the slap-up wedding. Subsequent anniversaries are passed at the likes of Blair Athol Estate or Capers maybe. In just such a fashion, your every major romantic milestone is…

Wollombi Ghost Tours, Hunter Valley

Wollombi Ghost Tour

“Love it when things go bump in the night? Then get your heart pumping and pulse racing with a ghost tour in historic Wollombi. Start a spooky night with a sacred Aboriginal smoking ceremony. Pop into a local winery for a tasting, that’ll calm your nerves. Stick close to your psychic guide and you’ll be…

Win a Wollombe Weekend Competition

Win a Wollombi Weekend

Blair Athol Estate Wollombi in partnership with Wollombi Valley Tourism are giving you the chance to win an exclusive luxury 3 night stay indulgence package for two, valued at over $5000! Wine and dine at Panino Gourmet Deli Caffe & Restaurant and brunch at Cafe Wollombi. Be treated to Blair Athol Estate’s famous luxury picnic…

Wollombi Tavern Shandy

The Wollombi Shandy

“Your correspondent has never been, is not and never will be a MAMIL. I did however participate in a mountain bike race on the weekend. Mrs Bladdamasta and I have bought the most rustic of weekenders off the beaten track near the villages of Wollombi and Laguna. Far from being sleepy villages, there’s been a…